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DNA in Caribbean Crime Fighting

By Ricardo Swire Jamaica has chosen to follow its Latin American neighbors’ use of a distinctive criminal justice tool, the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Registry actively assisting the island’s internal security officials and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) detectives.

The Jamaica/Bahamas Drug Trafficking Relationship

USCG photo   By Ricardo Swire The Bahamas constellation of islands is unofficially the designated main transit station for Jamaican marijuana exports to the USA, Norman’s Cay in Exuma considered the main jewel in the Jamaica/Bahamas trafficking crown.

Drug Traffickers and GPS Technology

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire The evolution of maritime trafficking expertise proves drug traffickers have both motive and means to develop new strategies that ensure delivery of their illicit cargo. Law enforcement agencies’ counter-narcotics sections challenge by placing state-of-the-art equipment and utilizing innovative interdiction methods, underworld characters manipulating legally available technology.

Invisible Vulnerability Exposé

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire On Friday May 12, 2017 cyber-criminals issued a worldwide attention grabbing reminder of internal security’s invisible vulnerability. Hackers known as “The Shadow Brokers” used stolen US National Security Agency (NSA) “cyber-weapons” to launch the “Perfect Storm” in computer environments. Kaspersky Lab, the Russian security company that tracked damages, noted […]

Conflicting Evidence

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire Contrary to predictions of a “majority” shift to Caribbean drug trafficking routes, modern trends reinforce Central America as the main corridor for drug shipments delivered to USA’s 327 land, sea and air points of entry.

Policing the Police

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire The United Nations International Commission against Impunity created the Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG) to conduct a complex exercise reforming the country’s security and judiciary establishments.

Black Market Spillovers

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire The black market was created for popularly demanded goods and services to be traded in a manner contrary to national law. Annual time series data indicates size and growth of such unreported income and implied tax gap significantly affect a country’s deficit, debt and tax reform totals. Domestic organized […]

The Extortion Quagmire – “Coward Tax”

By Ricardo Swire Extortion is also known as “The Culture of Silence.” Recent internal security updates advised that Trinidad & Tobago’s (T&T) gang kingpins and rogue administration officials are extorting “Coward Tax” from Ministry of Works & Transport contractors.

Caribbean Money Laundering Choke Hold

CMC photo   By Ricardo Swire Sophisticated money laundering schemes invisibly bankroll transnational drug cartels’ presence in the Caribbean community. The cold war’s end signaled the start of an era where Russian organized crime syndicates formed alliances with Italian Mafia and Colombian drug cartels to invest billions of dollars looted from the former Soviet Union […]

Spyware Peddlers

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire Globally an estimated 528 surveillance companies compete in a finite legal market. Economics, geopolitics and a fragmented legal system qualify spyware’s open distribution as inevitable.

Ireland’s Netherlands Factor

PA photo   By Ricardo Swire The Republic of Ireland is the main cocaine distribution center for shipments aimed at British users. Seven years ago “Operation Shovel,” an international law enforcement mission, discovered the Costa del Sol criminal empire, valued at £1 billion, international security observers rating Costa del Sol Spain’s most influential cartel.

Inter-Regional Drugs Movement

By Ricardo Swire A Brazil, Bolivia and Peru agreement sanctioned the trilateral police intelligence center that specifically focuses on drug trafficking in the three countries. Brazil shares extended unguarded borders with Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. Together the trio produce virtually all the global cocaine supply.

The Caribbean’s Drug Trafficking Command Center

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire The Dominican Republic maintains its standing as the Caribbean’s drug trafficking command center. The country’s seizures reflect its prosperous transshipment business.

Jamaica’s High School Gang Problem

By Ricardo Swire 2016 Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) statistics calculated 258 criminal gangs co-exist on the Caribbean island. Bases are located in St Catherine North and South, St James, Clarendon, Kingston West, St Andrew South and Westmoreland, evidence highlighting that schools serve as recruitment centers for gangs and local organized crime groups. Gangs in schools […]

International authorities fight online child abuse

By Ricardo Swire Caribbean internal security professionals are responsible for the protection of approximately forty million residents, among them a vulnerable and defenseless societal group. At the turn of the twenty-first century the sexual abuse of children and associated evils morphed to a globalized market that preys on developing nations. International statistics estimate child predators […]

Underworld Movements

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire In early April 2017 one of Spain’s most wanted felons, “El Canoso” or “Grey-Haired” was arrested in a restaurant in Armenia, Quindio, Colombia.

Drug Smuggling Assaults

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire On Wednesday April 12, 2017 US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and Air & Marine Operations (AMO), seized 1,320 pounds or 600 kilos of cocaine.

Policing Priorities

Lamond Johnson   By Ricardo Swire Success of the Bahamas’ internal security stability effort is at a critical stage, general elections officially scheduled for Wednesday May 10th 2017.

Trans-Shipment Point

By Ricardo Swire The Co-operative Republic of Guyana is a signatory to the international Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs pact, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances agreement and the Convention against Trafficking of Drugs & Psychotropic Substances treaty. The Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Financing of Terrorism Acts also bear official signatures from Georgetown.

Global executions down more than a third, but death sentences at record high

By Amnesty International The number of executions around the world last year fell by more than a third compared to the previous year, human rights NGO Amnesty International stated, with 1,032 executions in 23 countries in 2016 compared to 1,634 in 25 countries in 2015.

The Ethereal Texis Cartel

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire As the War on Drugs reverberates around the region several Mexican drug cartels have expanded their smuggling routes, establishing new markets in Central America.

Airborne Cocaine

By Ricardo Swire Several factors make trans-Atlantic air routes attractive to Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs). In the 1970s and ’80s drug plane pilots navigated unimpeded between Colombia and staging areas near the US border.

2017 Caribbean Watch List

By Ricardo Swire International documentation continues to highlight the seriousness of money laundering and drugs trafficking in Caribbean territories, a March 2017 US State Department Report focusing on the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis’ susceptibility to “corruption and money laundering.”

The Bahamas’ Mixed Signals

Ahvia J Campbell   By Ricardo Swire Caribbean archipelago the Bahamas’ approximately 388,000 residents abhorred news of seven dead in the capital Nassau, during a single February 2017 weekend.

Las Moicas

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire Las Moicas is a powerful, invisible, drug trafficking entity headquartered in Michoacán state on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Members primarily cook Methamphetamine and Heroin, then hide the drugs in either vehicle engine or transmission parts, smuggled across Mexico’s border with America.

Protectors or Perpetrators?

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire Historically law enforcement in Venezuela has been bloody and heavy handed. A brutal response during 1989’s “Caracazo” symbolized failure of the old internal security apparatus.

Jamaica introduces ‘Bullettrax’

Alexander Richter   By Ricardo Swire More than 70% of Jamaica’s murders involve either illegally imported guns or ammunition. Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security recently introduced BULLETTRAX to improve forensic ballistic technology used by local security agencies, especially the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Caribbean Gunmanship

PSK photo   By Ricardo Swire Over the past five years Caribbean crime patterns displayed a surge in gun crimes, especially the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis.

The lucrative Caribbean sea route

By Ricardo Swire Navigating the Caribbean Sea section of the Atlantic Ocean is a specialist skill. On the night of March 3, 2017 a St Vincent & the Grenadines flagged, 145 feet, inter-island schooner sank in Grenada’s territorial waters eight miles offshore.

Operation Stonegarden

EFE photo   By Ricardo Swire On Tuesday February 21, 2017 an intelligence driven Operation Stonegarden law enforcement mission, conducted by Puerto Rico Police’s Joint Forces for Rapid Action or FURA, intercepted 1,522 pounds of cocaine worth US$19.3 million.